A Dozen from Aesop
. Cooper Union Art School , Richard Schiff at the Cooper Union . (NY)
PZ8.2.A254 Win 1951b (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The bookseller writes: An entirely hand made and hand penned book transcribed by Richard Schiff at the Cooper Union February 1951. 'Translated for children by Milo and Ana Winter' at the bottom of the title page. Laid paper. The body of the twelve fables are written out most expertly in long hand by Mr. Schiff in black pen, with just the first two words of each in brown pen, then the moral is written out in brown pen below. Green wrappers covered in a cellophane material Greek key design along the top of the title page and text in brown pen and along the top of the cover in black pen. Fables are untitled. Fine condition. The fables include CJ, The Toad and the Fox, A Boy and a Nettle, The Crab and the Fox, The Goat and the Goatherd, The Dogs and the Lion's Skin, The Lion and the Ass, The Wolf and the Roasted Lamb, DM, The Kid and the Wolf, The Wolf and the Fox, and The Stag and the Lion. There are seven lovely pen drawings in black. The colophon includes a corrected error. Schiff wrote The forgoing fables were transcribed by Richard Schiff at the Cooper Union -- February, 1951. He then corrected to foregoing. Milo Winter's The Aesop for Children appeared in 1919. Winter died in 1956. Might he have been a faculty member at the Cooper Union in 1951 and Schiff have been a student who created this work in his honor or as a course requirement? The texts make curious use of the versions in Winter's edition, sometimes using them verbatim, sometimes shortening, and sometimes apparently bypassing them completely. Is the mouse on the title-page and the cover nibbling on a string of letters of the alphabet? This collection is the perfect home for this work!